Toronto at Los Angeles

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Toronto (50-58)000020000262
L.A. Angels (49-58) «41200010x8121

Angels 8, Blue Jays 2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels and the Blue Jays both began the year expecting to be in a pennant race when August rolled around, not marking time through the final weeks of dismal seasons.

Mark Trumbo and the Angels still aren't giving up, and they won the year's first meeting between two of the AL's biggest underachievers.

Trumbo hit a home run in the Angels' four-run first inning, Garrett Richards allowed four hits over seven strong innings, and Los Angeles snapped its six-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory against Toronto on Thursday.

J.B. Shuck drove in three runs for the Angels, who avoided their longest skid in more than three years by pounding Toronto starter Josh Johnson for 10 hits in the opener of a four-game series.

Los Angeles (49-58) is 13½ games out of first place in the AL West, and Toronto (50-58) is 15 games out in the East.

"We look for wins, whether or not we're in the thick of it," Trumbo said. "This is a team that's not going to stop working hard, no matter what we're facing."

The Angels stumbled home from an awful road trip with their waning playoff hopes further diminished by three consecutive losses in Texas on game-ending home runs.

Those three gut-punch defeats dropped Los Angeles 10 games below .500, and the trip also included Albert Pujols' move to the disabled list with a foot injury.

But with plenty of offensive support, Richards (3-4) was dominant in his first home start since April 20 and his second start since rejoining the Angels' rotation, allowing two runs and striking out four.

"This is a fighting club," Richards said. "We're definitely not giving up as a team. We're not panicking. We still have 50-something games to go, and we're still going to show up at the yard every day ready to go."

Colby Rasmus had two hits and scored a run for Toronto, which had won five of seven.

Trumbo hit his 24th home run off Johnson (1-8), whose first career start against the Angels was a disaster. After allowing seven runs, Johnson was chased in the third inning with the bases loaded. His career-worst losing streak stretched to six starts.

"It's frustration. That's it," Johnson said. "I'm out there trying to battle, trying to get through it and trying to stay positive. You've got to find a way. I'll come back and watch some video and do whatever I can to get back. The worst part is doing this to my bullpen and my teammates. I felt like I made some pretty good pitches, but they were hitting the ball all over the place."

Los Angeles led Toronto 3-0 after five batters when Howie Kendrick singled home Kole Calhoun and scored on Trumbo's impressive shot to left on a hanging curve.

Los Angeles batted around in the first inning, scored another run in the second on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly, and chased Johnson in the third with four singles, Shuck's RBI flyout and a walk.

"He's one of our guys, man," Toronto manager John Gibbons said of Johnson. "He works as hard as anybody. It's a cruel business. He's one of those guys you root for. He's got that personality. He's a good guy, and you feel for guys like that. He's had a lot of success at this level, and he at rock-bottom right now."

Toronto left fielder Melky Cabrera made things worse in the third when he picked up Erick Aybar's single and lost control of the ball while attempting to throw it back to the cutoff man, allowing Trumbo to score the Angels' sixth run.

The ball comically popped into the air and landed behind Cabrera, who left the game in the fourth inning with what the club called irritation in his left knee.

After the game, the Blue Jays placed Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-hander Neil Wagner.

Richards faced little trouble until the fifth, when Adam Lind scored on Rasmus' double and Calhoun's error in right field. Rasmus then scored on a groundout by Maicer Izturis, the former Los Angeles utility infielder who got warm cheers from the Angel Stadium crowd in his return.

Notes

Pujols will be in a walking boot for three more weeks, but the $240 million first baseman said he wants to play again this season, no matter where the Angels might be in the standings. Manager Mike Scioscia was more circumspect, saying a decision is still several weeks away. ... Toronto activated RHP Sergio Santos from the 60-day disabled list and put RHP Dustin McGowan on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. Santos, out since April 13 with an injured elbow, pitched two innings of relief, allowing one hit and one run. ... Angels LHP Jason Vargas will throw a three-inning simulated game in the bullpen Saturday, and if it goes well, he'll likely make a minor-league rehab start before Los Angeles considers putting him back in the rotation. Vargas hasn't pitched since June 17 because of a blood clot in his left arm.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Trumbo
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

J. Shuck
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4000012 .310
Melky Cabrera, LF1000100 .279
   Rajai Davis, LF2000001 .276
Jose Bautista, RF4000011 .251
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4010020 .277
Adam Lind, DH3110111 .291
Colby Rasmus, CF4120011 .279
Maicer Izturis, 2B3001001 .241
J.P. Arencibia, C3000000 .216
Brett Lawrie, 3B3020000 .216
Totals3126126  
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (21, Richards), Colby Rasmus (25, Richards)
RBI - Maicer Izturis (29)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - J.P. Arencibia (6, Throwing), Melky Cabrera (1, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Johnson (L,1-8) 2.11076211 6.60
Juan Perez 2.2100230 1.93
Sergio Santos 2111000 2.84
Darren Oliver 1000120 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 67-42, Juan Perez 57-34, Sergio Santos 23-14, Darren Oliver 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 2-4, Juan Perez 4-1, Sergio Santos 3-3
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 19, Juan Perez 11, Sergio Santos 7, Darren Oliver 4
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kole Calhoun, RF4220100 .308
Mike Trout, CF3000224 .326
Josh Hamilton, LF4001016 .224
Howie Kendrick, 2B5111011 .300
Mark Trumbo, 1B4222111 .249
Erick Aybar, SS4220001 .281
Chris Nelson, 3B3120101 .246
J.B. Shuck, DH2013010 .289
Chris Iannetta, C4020002 .211
Totals33812756  
Batting
3B - Chris Nelson (3, Santos)
HR - Mark Trumbo (24, Johnson)
SF - Josh Hamilton (8), J.B. Shuck 2 (4)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (51), Howie Kendrick (46), Mark Trumbo 2 (65), J.B. Shuck 3 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Howie Kendrick (17), Mark Trumbo 2 (24), J.B. Shuck (15)
SB - Kole Calhoun (1, 3rd base off Johnson/Arencibia), Erick Aybar (7, 2nd base off Johnson/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Trumbo, Aybar-Kendrick-Trumbo-Aybar-Kendrick-Trumbo
E - Kole Calhoun (2, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Garrett Richards (W,3-4) 7422240 4.18
J.C. Gutierrez 1100010 3.97
Daniel Stange 1100010 20.25
Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Richards 90-54, J.C. Gutierrez 10-6, Daniel Stange 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Richards 11-5, J.C. Gutierrez 1-0, Daniel Stange 1-1
Batters Faced - Garrett Richards 26, J.C. Gutierrez 3, Daniel Stange 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37179
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Gerry Davis